Cyber Security firm Avast has identified malware hidden in as many as 28 third-party Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge extensions that could have impacted over 30 lakh people globally. The extensions are for platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Google Chrome. The malware, which is still active, has the functionality to redirect user’s traffic to ads or phishing sites and to steal personal data. Microsoft and Google Chrome teams are reportedly looking into the issue.
Avast has appointed Shane McNamee as Chief Privacy Officer. McNamee will oversee Avast’s global privacy strategy and drive the company’s privacy-by-design approach. He comes with 7+ years of experience in regulatory and digital policy. His focus was on data protection and digital rights in many high profile organizations including the Data Protection Commission of Ireland. His expertise on data protection rights will shape Avast’s privacy strategy, said the company.
Avast reported that cybercriminals used Aarogya Setu app to hide a stalkerware inside it. The stalkerware gets downloaded along with the Aarogya Setu app, taking the users’ approval. The firm reported that spying, stalking apps have grown by 20% in India and 51% globally, since the lockdown. Also, a number of apps were developed with the intention to spy on users. These apps use the smartphone’s Accessibility Service feature to gain phone features’ access and spy.